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Trust me, I’m a stylist

“Dun dun dundun, dun dun dundun…” It’s wedding season!

Ladies and gentlemen, we are gathered here today to discuss the most important thing for a bride… her dress. Getting married is a special day for everyone. Whether it’s her first or her third, the bride deserves to feel special. I have been a bridal stylist for a little over a year now, and I’m excited to share with you some amazing tips from a stylist’s point of view that can help make shopping for “the one” easy-peezy (it’s about to get juicy).

Let’s get started!

MENTAL PREP: On your wedding day, you can shine as much as you want, and you are the boss because it’s YOUR DAY! OWN IT, GUUURL! Be positive and confident, have fun, and most importantly, have an open mind.  If you are a ballgown princess bride be open to trying on a mermaid. You’ll be surprised how great you can look in one 😉

RESEARCH: Having a visual reference is great way to give your stylist a starting point. Go through the store’s catalog or website and save your favorites. Even Pinterest is a huge help! It gives you, the bride, an idea of what to expect and not get overwhelmed when you walk into a store.

GUEST: I know we all want to share this amazing experience with everyone and don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by not including someone. However, having too many guests can bring a lot of opinions and it can get overwhelming for you and everyone else around you. Keep your party to a minimum. Seeing your dress is also a great surprise for your guest on the day of your wedding.

BUDGET: A wedding, big or small, can get very pricey. When you budget for a dress be sure to include the following: your dress (duh), undergarments, shoes, accessories, and the big one, alterations. A lot of brides tend to forget about alteration which can sometimes be as much of your dress or even more.

TIME: My answer is no, you are not crazy if you buy your dress a year in advance. A wedding dress can take weeks to get in. On top of that you also need time for alterations. You don’t want to wait till the last minute and not have time to fix any possible errors. Believe me, I’ve seen it and it’s not pretty.

Well there you have it folks! Feel free to drop down any questions below and let me know how your experience on finding ‘the one’ goes!

Top 5 tips on your everyday college struggles

Hello everyone! I have some awesome news for you. There will now be full published post on my campus newspaper, The Inkwell, before they get posted anywhere else. Please go check it out and don’t forget to follow on all their social media. I know this is not one of my usual post, however I decided to share with you my top 5 tips on your everyday college lifestyle for the everyday college student. If you are starting college or already in your second year then these tips will definitely come in handy.

  1. Alert: The forecast you are reading is a lie
    – If you are from Savannah ( or any part of GA) then you already know what I’m talking about. This weather will go from the perfect summer day to “Let me swim to my car!” To avoid this, simply carry a small umbrella or rain jacket that’s not so bulky and can fit inside your bag. I’m telling you from experience, sitting in your class soaked is not fun.
  2. Today is not your cheat day
    – Working out may not be what’s on your usual schedule. However, keeping a gym bag ready in your car is a great motivation for you to hit the gym. Even if you go by yourself, the results will pay off and you will definitely feel good about yourself in the end. “Freshman 15” will not even come close.
  3. Bad hair day
    – Ladies, I hate to bring it to you but those wand curls are not going to last through your lunch date in this sun. To solve this problem, always keep some bobby pins, hair bows, and travel size bottles of hairspray and/or dry shampoo in your purse. Throw up a cute high pony tail or half up hairdo to solve your flatten frizzy hair. Guys, you know the drill: baseball cap. For the few out there that actually care and don’t wear caps, take a travel size gel bottle and a tiny tooth comb to fix yourself in the bathroom or in between classes.
  4. My classroom is an igloo
    – You know the moment after walking across campus in that dreadful sun then feeling like a new person as soon as you walk into your nice and cool classroom? I bet you also know that feeling comes to an end pretty quickly. Before you know it, your sweat turns into icicles. Well, maybe not that bad, but you get the point. So, to fix this problem, carry a thin cardigan or jacket that you can easily put on without over heating yourself.
  5. Thirsty?
    – Yea we know you are. An easy way to stay hydrated is avoiding plastic water bottles. They soak up your money faster then Bounty and are not good for our environment. Instead, buy one thermal bottle and refill the same bottle throughout the day. You can even add in some fruits or powders for some extra flavor in your drink.

Everyday makeup essentials

Hey guys! I know its been a while but as we all know school has just begun as well as stress, deadlines, and homework leaving us no time for ourselves. So I decided to share with you my top 5 makeup items that can help give a little life to your face instead of walking in your class looking like a corpse. If you would like a video tutorial using these items please let me know in the comments. Also any video like a ‘back to school makeup’ or ‘quick and easy hairstyles’ I will try to do for you if that what you would like.

  1. BHcosmetics Contour and Blush Palette– I have been using this palette since Christmas and it has been amazing. This palette is really good for beginners especially if you are interested in learning a bit more about simple contour tricks. I know the dark bronzing color may seem a bit intimidating, but trust me it works great on a wide variety of skin tones. The blush colors are very pigmented and again works great with a lot of skin tones. As for the concealing colors and highlight, they are perfect for those who don’t want a full foundation coverage. Simply put concealer on your dark circles, acne, or any redness that you wish to cover. This can be found on their website or Urban Outfitters for about $12.
  2. L’OREAL Paris Hydrofuge Voluminous Carbon Black-This mascara is very “carbon black”. It gives your eye the illusion that you are also wearing eyeliner. Even if you don’t use this mascara there are others that you can simply apply several coats to give that same effect. This is a drugstore item so the prices may vary from $7-$9 depending where you get it from.
  3. NYX Micro Brow Pencil– As you can tell by the picture this has been my go to item everyday. I’ve never been a fan of coloring in my eyebrows until really recently I noticed it frames my face very well. This pencil is a great dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz. You can purchase this at a drugstore as well. I got mine for about $10 at Target and it has lasted me a good bit.
  4. Bobbi Brown Lipstick– Ok guys, I know we all can’t go and buy every single shade of lipsticks. HOWEVER, do not be ashamed of going into a beauty store and asking for a sample. They are a huge money saver and last you for a really good while. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of this lipstick, but it is a very nice, not too bold, pink shade that looks great with almost every summer outfit. (Optional) toping your lipstick with a nice lip gloss gives it a very good shiny finish if that’s what you’re into.
  5. Maybelline Eye Studio Gel Liner–  Now if you do have time to add some eyeliner I highly recommend this one for a long-lasting wear. If you are not comfortable using gel liner then I recommend using a pen liner or even pencil to put on your top lid. I’ve had this for a very long time so I believe the price for this one may be around $6 or $7 found at almost every drugstore.